New Program Helps Hungry Kids During the Summer

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photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr

For some kids, affordable or free school lunches are the only complete, nutritious meals they’ll get all day. But what about when school isn’t in session? Kids in Cleveland don’t have to worry about that anymore thanks to the city’s “Safe Summer 2017” program.

The program is giving out free lunches to kids all summer long in an effort to help those who would otherwise go hungry. Meals are available at all Cleveland recreation centers and various partner locations throughout the city.

“During the school year, many of our families rely on school meals to meet the nutritional needs of their children,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. “This Summer Food Service program assures that our families will not face a void when schools close for summer recess.”

Meals will be available Monday through Friday for kids ages 18 and under; as well as to those ages 19-21 who are receiving special education services through the city’s Individualized Education Program.

Not in Cleveland? The U.S. Department of Agriculture runs a similar Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides meals to kids and teens in low-income areas throughout the summer. To find a location nearest you, check the SFSP mapping site.

Does your local school have a summer lunch program for kids? Tell us in the comments below. 

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